Huntington Ingalls Completes Initial Sea Trials of Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware

Aug 31, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division successfully completed the initial sea trials on the newest Virginia-class submarine, Delaware (SSN 791). The submarine, in the final stages of construction, spent three days at sea proving all of its systems, components and compartments. Delaware submerged for the first time and performed high-speed maneuvers on the surface and underwater. “Delaware performed well during sea trials, which is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the incredible team of shipbuilders who are working to uphold our high standards…

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Mayport Ships get Underway as Hurricane Dorian Approaches

August 29, 2019 – Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) ordered U.S. Navy ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport to set Sortie Condition Alpha as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida’s Atlantic coast. “Our top priority must always be the safety and security of our ships and aircraft, as well as our Sailors and families. We move our ships and aircraft in order to mitigate potential damage. When maintenance status prevents storm avoidance, we take extra precautions to best protect these units,” said Rear Adm. Don D. Gabrielson,…

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USS Gravely Returns from Deployment

August 28, 2019 – USS Gravely (DDG 107) returns to Norfolk, Va. following a seven-month deployment as flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), August 27. “Gravely Sailors had been put to the test time and time again preparing for the deployment,” said Cmdr. Michael O’Reilly, Gravely’s commanding officer. “The effort and skill demonstrated over the last two years is a testament to the strength and ability of the entire crew.” Gravely deployed December 28th, 2018, assuming the duty as the flag ship of SNMG1 in the Navy’s U.S.…

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Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment

August 28, 2019 – After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week. During her five-month deployment, Farncomb took part in Exercises BERSAMA SHIELD, PACIFIC VANGUARD and TALISMAN SABRE. Commanding Officer HMAS Farncomb, Commander Gary Lawton said it had been a demanding time for his crew. “The team has been exposed to a diverse range of activities during this deployment. “This type of training and the ability to tackle any situation that may present itself is paramount to…

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US Navy Contracts For August 30, 2019

Raytheon, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded $246,495,123 for an undefinitized contract action, performance-based logistics requirements contract for repair, upgrade, or replacement, required availability, required reliability, configuration management, inventory management and obsolescence management in support of the Close-In Weapon System, Land-based Phalanx Weapon System, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) and SeaRAM. This contract includes a two-year base period with one three-year option, which if exercised, will bring the contract ceiling value to $466,395,931. Work will be performed in Louisville, Kentucky, and work is expected to be completed by August 2021; if the option…

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US Navy Contracts For August 29, 2019

Stanley Consultants Inc., Muscatine, Iowa, is awarded a maximum amount $95,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for architectural design and engineering services for industrial type facilities in the Naval Facilities and Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) area of responsibility and also worldwide. No task orders are being issued at this time. Work will be performed at locations worldwide. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of August 2024. Fiscal 2019 operation and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of…

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Serco Wins US Navy C4ISR Contract

August 12, 2019 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today that the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) has named the Company as one of six award winners for an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract. Serco will continue to support the U.S. Navy in the installation and testing of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. The contract vehicle has a ceiling value of $2.45 billion over a five-year base period and one five-year option period. Serco will compete for…

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Taiwan Refutes Statements on Submarine Replacement

August 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – In response to media reports that “IDS combat system is not included in the software of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the equipment is responsible for the Loma package,” the Navy Command said today (11) that the report was purely media speculation. “Submarine State Building” is now implemented by the main contractor Taiwan Shipping Company and is operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a warfare integrator. The current progress is normal. The military is in a prudent and rigorous manner to…

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SNMG1 Carries Out Maritime Express 2019

August 29, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) continued conducting operations under the overarching Maritime Express construct during the group’s second semester deployment. First discussed in April 2018 at the MARCOM hosted Maritime Operational Commanders Conference, Maritime Express saw its implementation in 2019 during SNMG1’s first semester deployment. The concept is a twin-tracked approach bringing an increased emphasis on actively integrating allied nations in SNMG operations directly or through associated support under national or NATO operational control. “The overarching principle of Maritime Express is that it’s not an…

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China Escalates Coercion Against Vietnam’s Longstanding Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

August 26, 2019 – The Department of Defense is greatly concerned by China’s continued efforts to violate the rules-based international order throughout the Indo-Pacific. Recently, China resumed its coercive interference in Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), directly contradicting Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe’s pledge at the Shangri-La Dialogue that China would “stick to the path of peaceful development.” China’s actions stand in contrast to the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in which all nations, large and small,…

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Dutch Navy Clears Legacy Mines from Wind Farm Site

August 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Zierikzee of the Royal Netherlands Navy cleared 5 mines on the North Sea this week. The explosives were found during preparatory work for a new offshore wind farm. This ‘Borssele Windfarm’ is located 25 miles off the coast of Vlissingen. The construction of the wind farm is planned for the beginning of October. LMB sea mines were among the cleared projectiles. These are German mines dropped from planes. They work acoustically and explode through vibrations. In addition, the navy cleared a British MK14,…

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Spanish Frigate Blas de Lezo Joins SNMG2

August 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Blas de Lezo” (F-103) has set sail today, from its base in the Military Arsenal of Ferrol to carry out the Pre-deployment Inspection and qualification prior to the integration into the NATO Permanent Group Number 2 (SNMG2) . This inspection and qualification will be carried out in waters of the Gulf of Cádiz, during the first two weeks of September by EVADIZ (the Cádiz Evaluation Center), framed in the CEVACO (Combat Evaluation Center). Once the inspection and qualification is finished, the frigate…

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Coast Guard Cutter Stratton Arrives in Chennai, India

August 26, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton arrived Friday in Chennai following previous engagements with Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Stratton’s crew will work alongside U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel to expand cooperation between personnel, in both nations’ navies and coast guards, which play a critical role ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region. India is a strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific, whose partnership stands upon a shared commitment to uphold the rule of law, freedom of navigation, democratic values and open markets – key…

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JFD Acquires Closed Bell Diving System

August 26, 2019 – JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defense diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced that it has acquired the closed bell saturation diving system and associated assets formally owned by The Underwater Centre. The acquisition will enable JFD to re-establish the leading global closed bell diver training program – also known as sat diver training – and the only UK-based training capability that will fulfil an urgent market need for skilled saturation divers. The future…

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Franco-Senegalese investigation at the pier

August 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 16 August 2019, 4 marine commandos of the “Special maritime actions” operational assistance detachment of the French elements in Senegal (EFS) carried out a joint exercise with a group of Senegalese special forces onboard the ship board. Jacoubet . The ship, in stopover in Dakar as part of Operation Corymbe, was invested by the special forces of the 2 nations to carry out a progress exercise to regain control of the aviso. ” We integrated into their assault column and we” drilled “together…

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